By Dave Andrusko
I admit it upfront, I am in the tank for Jaime Thietten. I honestly believe there are few female vocalists who can hold a candle to her. And after hearing her new CD, “Love Along the Way,” I am more convinced than ever it is only a matter of time before she is recognized as a flawless performer with a tremendous message.
Jaime will be singing at the Prayer Breakfast at the National Right to Life Convention Friday, June 29. She joins Monsignor James Lisante, the keynote speaker, in what promises to be among the absolute biggest highlights of the three-day convention. Jaime will also perform at the closing banquet. (For information, see http://stoptheabortionagenda.com/convention.)
Her new album is intensely personal, as you will figure out very quickly. “Love Along the Way” is describing as “bringing together a collection of songs that encompass not only her desire to encourage others but also a look into the heart of a woman who has experienced her share of pain.”
In that respect, you will be moved to tears by “I would die for that.” It is a story that parallels her struggle to conceive a child of her own.
Without going too far into the song it begins with her best friend Jenny who made a decision that she was too young to know “she might live to regret.” About that child–lost to abortion—Jaime sings
But I would die for that.
Just to have one chance
To hold in my hands
All that she had.
I would die for that.
Pro-lifers know Jaime best for her immensely powerful song, “My Chance,” which tells of a woman looking back at her one chance—the child they were going to name “Chance”—to have a baby. I’ve attached the story I wrote about this song below.
Be sure to register for the National Right to Life Convention, which takes place minutes away from Washington, D.C., June 28-30. You’ll find lots of information in the current issue of National Right to Life News and you learn all about registration by going to http://stoptheabortionagenda.com/convention/.
“My Chance”: A Pro-Life Song Not to Be Missed
By Dave Andrusko
Although the talent on display may be decidedly uneven, my wife and I never miss American Idol. We are hooked, because what you see is a vivid reminder that there are musical diamonds in the rough just waiting to be discovered.
How fitting that I should have my first exposure to “My Chance,” an extraordinarily sensitive and powerful pro-life song performed by Jaime Thietten, on Tuesday afternoon, hours before AI. When NRL Convention Director Jacki Ragan instant-messaged me a link, it came with Jacki’s highest commendation. Had Jaime been available, she would have been a prominent part of NRLC’s 2009 national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
While she may be unfamiliar to many of us, Jaime is hardly a newcomer or an unknown. She’s been in the music business for 10 years. She came to our attention because a grassroots pro-lifer saw that “My Chance” had just received the “Song of the Year” award at this year’s Momentum Award ceremonies in Nashville. (I’ve subsequently learned that the Momentum Awards, now in its 4th year, is the premier award-recognition program for Christian independent artists.)
You don’t have to be a music critic to recognize talent this awesome. Halfway through “My Chance,” it’s clear that Jaime’s voice is a gift from God.
You can summarize “My Chance,” as you can anything, in a handful of words. But short does not mean simple. As pro-lifers we know that “abortion,” while only three syllables long, packs as much emotional punch as any word in the English language.
Early in “My Chance” we learn that the woman has had an abortion which, as an older woman, she grievously regrets. The lyrics are subtle but you don’t need the musical video to know how deep her wounds are. (You can watch the video at Jaime’s web site—www.jtmusic.net)
When she learned she was pregnant she decided to name the child “Chance.” In anticipation, she bought the baby the “cutest little shoes.” But after she and the baby’s father were told they were “too young to raise a son” and “promised we’d never regret it,” she had an abortion. But now “we pray each day that God will understand.” Heartbroken, she misses “My Chance.”
As the video concludes the woman, much older now, is looking upward, holding the baby shoes she purchased lo those many years before. The title’s double meaning is revealed in the final verses: “He was my one, my only chance. I missed my chance.”
There is a YouTube video that tells the “Story Behind the Song”. Along with Rick Shadrick and J.T. Tallent, the lyricists, Jaime discusses the marvelous way the song came together. All three are solidly pro-life.
At times almost overcome with emotion, Jaime quietly talks about how she and her husband have tried unsuccessfully for a decade to have children. “This song has a little bit of a deeper meaning for me,” she says. Jaime is able to see the situation from both sides—families that desperately want children but can’t, and women who are pregnant “and don’t want their children.”
Barely able to speak Jaime says that people “are under the impression that if the baby is not wanted, then it doesn’t need to come into the world. And that’s not true because a baby is always wanted. It might not be wanted by you, but it is going to be wanted by someone else, like me.”
As if speaking directly to a young girl who is deciding whether to have an abortion, Jaime pleads, “Give that baby a chance. Give me a chance to be a mom. And I think your life will have much bigger meaning—you can be a hero to this baby.”